Boeing, South African Airways, Mango celebrate flights with aviation biofuel

Boeing [NYSE: BA], South African Airways (SAA) and low-cost carrier Mango have celebrated Africa´s passenger flights made with sustainable aviation biofuel, the companies said.

The SAA and Mango flights carried 300 passengers from Johannesburg to Cape Town on Boeing 737-800s using a blend of 30 percent aviation biofuel produced from Sunchem´s nicotine-free tobacco plant Solaris, refined by AltAir Fuels and supplied by SkyNRG.

In 2013, Boeing and SAA launched their sustainable aviation fuels collaboration and in 2014, Project Solaris became early focus projects that converted oil from the Solaris plant seed into bio-jet fuel. In 2015, farms in Limpopo Province of South Africa, from which the biofuel for the flights was sourced, achieved certification from the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB).

Boeing works to develop and commercialize sustainable aviation biofuel in Southern Africa. Boeing has active biofuel development projects in the United States, Middle East, Europe, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Brazil and Australia.